Overall a good vehicle for the price
By gtojim697 on Tuesday, January 03, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 61,000
overall rating 6 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Great power, overall a nice drive"
Cons: "Cheap fake leather seats, bad blind spots"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"I ordered my Durango from the factory. Overall I am pleased with the vehicle. The Hemi is a definite plus, and provides excellent power and acceleration, however it is horrible on gas in town, averaging between 8 and 10 mpg. The engine is equiped with the MDS feature, and averages 17.5 mpg on the Jersey highways when cruising. In the mountains, it will drop to about 15 mpg, not too bad for a vehicle of it's size and power.
The HEMI has 16 spark plugs, and they are a real pain to change every 30,000 miles. The dealer would prefer that the owner change them, They will charge over $300 to change spark plugs because it takes over three hours to do it. I have to change mine soon again, and I'm not looking forward to it, some are hard to get to because they are under tubing on the engine AND under the cowl.
The steering is rack and pinion which was new for 2007, and is very responsive, however, when driving over rough terrain, you must keep positive control of the wheel. Pot holes and bumps tend to make the steering wheel jerk to the left, making the vehicle feel out of control.
The vehicle has a HUGE blind spot in the front left A pillar when making tight turns, and you must look around the pillar to see the road. Very inconvienient when driving in my neighborhood, it is very difficult to see oncoming vehicles comig around the turn.
The leather interior on the seats is cheaply made. It is actually vinyl with leather inserts. If I had known the leather was not real leather, I would have gotten the cloth seats. The seat warmenrs are nice, but not needed with a cloth interior.
Suspension. There are no grease points on the suspension which make maintenance easy, however, the bushings have become very squeaky, and the squeak is annoying."
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